Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles, Double Je 1976-2007 Taschen $135.

Taschen always produce gorgeous illustrated books with wonderful photography.  The series of books that have consistently delivered beauty are those from Pierre et Gilles. This edition is a celebratory biography of their life and work.  These two artists celebrate the beauty in all things using an interesting amalgam of photography and painting.  The major part of this book is devoted to beautiful reproductions from their portfolio.  This work overflows with superlatives of beauty. They celebrate excess and ambiguity.  The natural beauty of the subject be it Marc Almond , Nina Hagen, Jeff Stryker or even themselves is beautifully exaggerated with perfect make up and fabulous sets.  What a beautiful book!  But is it art or something more sexual?

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